It took an unfathomable team effort, but at the March 13 meeting, the Glen Ellyn Village Board ignored every concern brought forth by residents, and approved a 24-hour gas station & liquor/convenience store at Five Corners, 825 N Main Street.
More than 700 members of the community had signed a petition opposing it.
With opaque transparency, the board pushed a special use permit for the land through in three weeks. In so doing, the board overturned the unanimous vote by the planning commission to reject the special use application -- an unprecedented move. This was undertaken with the underwhelming, and conveniently new belief that this real estate will net $140,000 in tax revenue per year -- representing a mere .2 percent increase in revenue annually.
They chose not to listen to community members, who filled the room and an overflow room with video feed and voiced concerns about:
• The increased cancer risk from benzene, a chemical found in gasoline and proven to cause cancer in humans;
• Federal school-siting guidelines advise against schools being close to gas stations. Forest Glen Elementary will be less than 500 feet from the proposed station;
• The runoff and drainage that will absolutely come from this, with an 11-foot drop-off in elevation to neighborhood homes;
• The safety of the already dangerous Five-Corners intersection of Main St., St. Charles and Geneva roads;
• The expected increase in crime at the 24/7 store-station;
• The far-reaching negative effects on the neighborhood and the homeowners' real estate values;
• The destruction of numerous trees, digging on contaminated soil and building on moderate potential wetlands;
• The inherent light, sound and air pollution from such an all-night business.
Our representatives showed an unconscionable indifference to the integrity, the character, residents, and especially the children of the village serve.